05 Sep First UK Christian Orthodox choral festival to be held in the West Midlands
For the first time ever in the UK, choirs from various Christian Orthodox churches will congregate to perform at Orthodox Festival in the West Midlands. The festival will bring together choirs from Serbian, Russian, Greek and English communities and aims to celebrate the rich sound of traditional Christian Orthodox sacred vocal music.
The festival will consist of two evenings starting on 29th September at the Church of the Holy Prince Lazar (known as Lazarica) in Birmingham and finishing at St John the Baptist Church in Coventry the following evening. Lazarica is known as a hidden gem in Birmingham. The richly decorated walls with hand painted frescos, depict scenes from the Bible and is the first purpose built Orthodox Church in the UK. The Grade I listed St John the Baptist Church, with it’s tall vaulted ceiling and large stained glass windows, will also provide the perfect setting for an evening of beautiful singing.
Father Nenad of Lazarica said, “We are extremely delighted to be holding this festival, the first of its kind in the UK and to collaborate with other churches including the Church of England. We are even more delighted to announce that the Konstatin male choir will be flying over from Serbia to headline both evenings. They are a well-respected choir of seasoned singers and their performance in the UK is a rare occasion. Our gratitude goes out to the Serbian government for giving us a grant to make this event possible.”
Orthodox Festival is open to all people with or without faith and is a perfect opportunity to broaden your musical appetite in some of the most beautiful churches in the West Midlands. Tickets for each evening are available from theticketsellers.co.uk and the performances will begin at 7pm.